Gosnell movie cracks top 10 at box office

A movie about Kermit Gosnell, the late-term abortionist in Philadelphia who went to prison after being convicted in connection with the deaths of three babies, hit the Top 10 films at the box office over the weekend. “We were [No. 10] on Friday and Saturday, but slipped back to 12 on Sunday,” … [Read More...]

Judge throws out lawsuit against bishops over immigrant shelters

A federal judge has dismissed the ACLU’s attempt to block the government from delegating the care of immigrant unaccompanied minors and sex-trafficking victims to a Catholic group that opposes birth control and abortion, and transfers those wishing to have an abortion to other shelters. The … [Read More...]

Vatican: Youth synod’s final report to be voted on ‘part by part’

The head of Vatican communications said Monday the youth synod’s final document will be voted on “part by part,” requiring a 2/3 majority to pass each section, before being forwarded to Pope Francis. Speaking at a press briefing Oct. 15, Paolo Ruffini, who serves as Prefect of the Vatican’s … [Read More...]

Priest’s body found in Rosarito

The archbishop of Tijuana, Francisco Moreno Barron, announced the death of Icmar Arturo Orta in a statement issued yesterday. On Sunday night, the Attorney General's Office of the State reported that in the first minutes of Friday the finding of a lifeless body inside a car, on Alegee Circuit and … [Read More...]

Women accuse ex-Planned Parenthood official of sexual harassment

For years, Pedro Elias was the face of Fresno’s branch of Planned Parenthood. At news conferences and events, as the director of public affairs, he stood out in a sea of women advocating for reproductive rights: A muscular man often wearing a bright pink Planned Parenthood T-shirt. But when his … [Read More...]

A bishop’s failure to enforce canon law does not excuse faithful from following it

It needs no long blog post from a canon lawyer to explain how wrong would be a failure by a bishop to protect his faithful against scandal (CCC 2284, 2287) and/or to defend the Eucharist against potential sacrilege (CCC 2120) but, make no mistake, in reiterating that “it is not [his] policy” to … [Read More...]

U.S. bishops express hope that Wuerl resignation will bring healing

Several U.S. bishops responding to the official resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. expressed hope Friday that the decision would bring healing for survivors of clerical abuse. Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Wuerl Oct. 12, while asking the cardinal to continue leading … [Read More...]

What do tensions among Orthodox believers mean for modern Christianity?

In 2014, Russia prompted an international uproar when it annexed the Ukrainian territory of Crimea, while also backing a separatist movement in Eastern Ukraine, part of a war that has claimed thousands of lives. But now there’s another kind of Ukrainian territory in dispute: the Ukrainian Orthodox … [Read More...]

Bishop Vann blesses chapel at Catholic school in Rancho Santa Margarita

More than 600 faculty and staff, families and city leaders celebrated the completion of the final phase of construction at St. Junipero Serra Catholic School in Rancho Santa Margarita on Saturday, Oct. 6. Among those attending were founding families: Ralph and Oonagh Linzmeier, Bill and Pat Kaszton … [Read More...]

Archbishop Gomez: “Holiness wears many faces”

Here in Rome, we are approaching the midpoint of the Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment, and we are preparing for a special moment in the Church’s life — the canonizations of seven men and women by Pope Francis on October 14.    Even as I write, they are preparing to hang … [Read More...]

Pope Francis accepts Cardinal Wuerl’s resignation

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Washington’s Cardinal Donald Wuerl on Friday, while asking the cardinal to continue leading the Archdiocese of Washington on an interim basis until a permanent successor is appointed. In a letter to Cardinal Wuerl obtained by CNA Oct. 12, Pope Francis told … [Read More...]

Ouellet vs Viganò: What have we learned?

Archbishop Theodore McCarrick has begun a life of prayer and penance in a monastery in Kansas. Questions remain, and continue to be asked, about McCarrick’s rise and fall in the Church. Unusual for Rome, these questions are being asked and answered in public. -- Last weekend a letter was … [Read More...]

Sacramento bishop warns of “unauthorized rites”

Sept. 25, 2018 Dear Parishioners and Priests: It has come to our attention that there have been unauthorized Masses and other sacraments celebrated in houses, halls, parks and other places. These are usually performed by priests who come from outside the Diocese of Sacramento. The 2006 … [Read More...]

Vandals target Old Mission Santa Barbara again

Vandals caused more than $25,000 in damage to the Old Mission Santa Barbara overnight, scrawling “rape” on several pillars and misspelling the word “genocide” with red paint on the stone front of the historic building. At least one vandal broke a small window and splattered red paint on the front … [Read More...]